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Making Furniture in IMVU Studio

1. Introduction

The IMVU Catalog offers designs for every taste, but if you want to add a personal touch to your room, this is your starting point for creating furniture with your own custom look.

Let’s dive in and make your first piece of furniture. We are going to start with something easy, customizing a sofa. After you have learned how to customize an existing furniture item, we will show you how to start from scratch.

This tutorial is part of the Creator Program. To learn more about the Creator Program, please click here.

2. Download the materials to make your sofa

Many products in the IMVU Catalog can be derived. This means that if a product is set as derivable, other creators can make a newly edited version of the item and sell it as their own. When a derived product is sold, both the previous people who created the product and the ones who derived the product, make money.

To customize your own sofa, you are going to derive from the Tutorial Sofa product. We have supplied you with 3 texture options.

Go ahead and download the textures to your computer.

The links to download the textures are here:

  1.   Click on a texture link

  2.   Right click on the texture

  3.   Save the texture to your computer by selecting Save Image As…

  4.   Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the other textures

After downloading the textures, you will see the following files in your computer’s “Downloads” folder.

If you are not familiar with textures, please read Introduction to Textures.

The textures supplied in this tutorial have been downloaded from the website www.textures.com.

3. Customize your sofa

You are going to customize your sofa using Photoshop   or Gimp   software.

Both, Photoshop and Gimp, have great tools that will help you to edit textures. If you are not familiar with Photoshop or Gimp, no worries. Just follow the instructions and you will see how easy is to make great products.

Photoshop requires a paid license and Gimp is free.

Click on one of the links below to get started. Completing this step is required before moving on to “4. Choose a base product.”

Customize Sofa using Photoshop
Customize Sofa using Gimp

To download Photoshop or Gimp, please click Download Photoshop or Download Gimp.

4. Choose a base product

Our next step is customizing your couch by deriving it in IMVU Studio.

Before jumping into IMVU Studio, if you are not familiar with IMVU Studio and Creators Guidelines, please read these articles:

To download and install IMVU Studio use the links below.

Open the IMVU Studio App and Log In. Click on the Hamburger icon on the upper left, and hover your Mouse on File. Click New. You can also click the Create button on the upper-right.

When you click on the New button, the Choose a Base Product window pops up.

Let’s specify the product you will base your sofa on.

Enter Product ID 1802481 in the Specify Product ID field. Click the DERIVE button and Edit Mode will open.

For future reference, Product IDs can be found at the bottom of product pages if you access from the IMVU Classic Website and it is also the number at the end of a product page’s URL if you access from the IMVU Classic Website or the IMVU Next.

  • From IMVU Classic Website

  • From IMVU Desktop or Website

5. Product creation

A default avatar is displayed on your screen.

If you want to change this, click Inventory on the right-hand panel and customize your avatar’s look. The avatar will update accordingly.

Now, onto the product!

On the left pane, make sure the Component tab is highlighted. Go to Material (Alt+T) and select replacethistexture.jpg.

Click … > Assign asset > Add Image to choose a replacement texture.

  • Browse the folder where you saved the texture you have created.
  • Click Open.

The texture you selected will appear in the Albedo slot under Texture.

Click the Preview button to see the changes on your sofa.

After applying changes, you’ll see your customized sofa.

You can save the changes by clicking on the Save button.

Saving Your Product

  • Your work will be saved under the default name. To change this, as well as to edit other details about your product, go to the Info tab.
  • Save will save your file in your IMVU Studio Projects folder with an automatically generated file name. This allows you to save your progress and resume work later on, without having to publish the product.

Once you have saved your product, you can Submit it to the IMVU Catalog and make money!

To learn how to Upload a Product, please read Upload a Product.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have derived your first piece of furniture!

You can market your products by taking photos of your creations and sharing them with the IMVU Community. Click on the following links to learn how to take photographs and how to post pictures in the IMVU Feed.

Updated on June 8, 2020

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